The use of drones, or unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) to capture aerial video has grown rapidly during the past few years. As private drone technology has advanced, both professional and amateur videographers have taken to the skies.
A short glance at most people’s social media feeds will reveal just how widespread use of drone for aerial videos has become. The technology has been employed to capture surfers, skiers, and other sporting events from above.
Nature videographers have also employed drone technology quite effectively to reveal amazing sunrises or breathtaking natural landmarks. If you’ve been thinking about trying your hand at capturing aerial footage using a drone, there are a few things you should consider before getting started.
Rules and Regulations
Before setting out to shoot video from a remote controlled aerial vehicle, you should be aware that Transport Canada has a set of strict regulations regarding the flight of aerial drones, or UAVs. It would not be advisable to attempt an aerial flight before you are familiar with these rules.
If your simply testing our your new drone for personal recreational purposes, you are free to go ahead and fly. However, if the flight has a commercial purpose, such as shooting a promotional or corporate video, you must properly file for, and obtain, a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) from Transport Canada.
In other words, you must file a formal flight plan just like any corporate or personal aircraft. To avoid conflict in the air, Transport Canada must be aware of all recorded flight plans so that they may do their best to prevent a mid-air catastrophe.
It is also recommended that you fly your drone only during the daylight hours, and preferably only when the weather favors optimal visibility. Many people lose their drones or serious damage them by trying to fly during heavy fog or cloudy conditions.
Safety and Privacy
Additionally, there are considerations of safety and privacy that must be addressed. Flying your new drone in an area wrought with power lines and other impediments can pose a major safety risk, not only for you but for those around you as well.
When flying your drone in your neighborhood, you should also be aware of maintaining respect for your neighbors’ privacy. Most people consider their backyards or patios to be a place of private leisure. Be careful not to intrude with an untimely drone flight.
If you are considering using aerial photography in your corporate video, you will benefit from working with a production company that offers this service. When all is said and done, it will save you time, money, and potential headaches.
While playing with your own personal drone can be a fun way to spend recreation time, capturing high quality video with this technology can actually be quite difficult. If you’re interested in shooting your next corporate video from a unique angle, you shouldn’t hesitate to give the professional videographers at Vivia Digital Films a call at 1-403-585-0133 today!